A Canadian legend lost. Before he became a famous Broadway star, it was Nick Cordero’s Hamilton high school experience that led him to find a passion for theatre. The late celebrity is remembered by the city for having a big heart and “beautiful singing voice.”
Over the weekend, the tragic news of Cordero’s passing was revealed by his wife. The 41-year-old spent nearly 100 days in the hospital battling COVID-19.
Before he made it big on Broadway, the Canadian star spent his adolescence in the city of Hamilton, Ontario.
According to CBC, he attended Westdale Secondary School, where he honed his talents in the drama classroom.
“I met Nick in our high school drama classroom. He had so many gifts, a beautiful singing voice (in grade 9?!), an effortless charisma and big warm smile,” former classmate Jeremy Fisher wrote on Facebook.
“He was funny. He was goofy. He worked hard. You just felt good having him next to you. On stage. In rehearsal. At the after party.”
According to IMDb, after graduating high school, Cordero headed off to Toronto’s Ryerson University but left after two years to pursue a career in music.
CBC also reports that the late actor performed with Hamilton Theatre Inc. during his time in the city.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of HTI alumni, Nick Cordero. Our thoughts are with Nick’s family during this incredibly sad and difficult time,” the company tweeted recently.
Although he moved on from his Canadian hometown, Cordero touched the hearts of many within the community.
The city’s MP, Filomena Tassi, tweeted “I am sad to learn of the passing of celebrated performer Nick Cordero at age 41 after a difficult struggle with Covid-19.”
"My sincere condolences to his family, friends and all who loved him and his art."
IMDb notes that the actor had several TV stints throughout his career, including Queer as Folk, Lilyhammer, Blue Bloods, and Law & Order: SVU.
“God has another angel in heaven now,” Cordero’s wife wrote on Instagram late Sunday night.
“My darling husband passed away this morning. He was surrounded in love by his family, singing and praying as he gently left this earth.”